OSLO — Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland resigned Friday as head of her minority Labor government, clearing the way for a center-right coalition to take power.
The action followed a loss by her Labor Party of eight Parliament seats in the Sept. 11 election. It was the party's worst showing since 1930.
Brundtland, 50, Norway's first female prime minister, formally handed her resignation to King Olav V at his castle in central Oslo.
"It's best to have the new government sorted out quickly," Jan Syse, Conservative leader and prime minister-elect, told reporters as he arrived at the castle, where the king asked him to form a government.